السبت , يونيو 13 2020

India in peace deal with Naga rebels

Naga rebels

Naga groups have pressed for Naga areas of adjacent Indian states to be brought together

India’s government has signed a peace deal with a leading Naga separatist group, bringing to an end one of the country’s oldest insurgencies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the accord between his government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland as “historic”.

The rebels in Nagaland state have been demanding an independent homeland for two million Naga tribespeople.

The group, in India’s north-east, have been fighting for more than 60 years.

“I have the deepest admiration for the great Naga people for their extraordinary support to the peace efforts,” Mr Modi said, after the agreement was signed at his office in Delhi on Monday.

The prime minister earlier said that developing India’s north-east was a priority for his government.

The rebel group was represented by its leader Thuingaleng Muivah.

The Naga mainly live in Nagaland and also in the states of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

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